An express train today hit an excavator machine at a manned level crossing in Odisha's Jajpur district, an official said.
No passenger in the Ernakulam-Howrah Antodaya Express was injured in the incident, but services on the line were disrupted for a couple of hours, he said.
The excavator machine was abandoned on the railwaytracks by its driver after it developed snags near the level crossing, between Haridaspur and New Garhmadhupur stations, a senior East Coast Railway (ECoR) official said.
Odisha: Ernakulam-Howrah Antodaya Express hit a JCB machine while passing a manned level crossing near Haridaspur station,earlier today. No casualties reported. Divisional Railway Manager Khurda road suspended gate-man for dereliction of duty and ordered disciplinary proceedings. pic.twitter.com/LuwsSXDkbo— ANI (@ANI) May 9, 2018
The pantograph of the Howrah-bound train along with the overhead wire and masts were damaged in the collision, he said, adding that another engine was immediately sent to the spot to resume services.
The gateman at the level crossing, Jashobanta Swain, has been suspended by the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Khurda, for dereliction of duty, sources said.